Honored Kid

Riley Buckholz

Riley Buckholz Kid Photo


Burlington, IL, US


Brain or spinal cord tumor

Date of Diagnosis

January 2014


Passed away

Treated At

CDH Proton Center Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital Central DuPage Hospital

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Thank you for supporting me and the more than 300,000 kids worldwide who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. By sharing the gifts of your time, talent, and money with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, you're supporting research to give all kids with cancer a better chance for a cure. 

Our son, Riley, was only 4 years old in 2014 when he was diagnosed with aggressive brain and spine cancer called Pineoblastoma. He endured 6 weeks of proton radiation and 6 cycles of high-dose, inpatient chemotherapy. Due to treatment, he lost his hearing in both ears, lost his ability to walk and remained in a wheelchair, and developed other developmental delays and side effects. Riley was stable for 18 months, but then relapsed in 2016 and then relapsed again in 2018. Throughout his cancer journey, Riley remained so brave and strong, was an inspiration to so many people, and touched the lives of everyone he met. He was the sweetest boy with the most contagious laugh and smile and gave the best hugs. Unfortunately, in March of 2018, Riley lost his battle with pediatric brain cancer and will forever be missed. Pediatric cancer only receives 4% of funding. Our kids deserve more. 

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